What to do if your child is choking


MACON, Ga. -- Do you know what to do if your child is choking?

Angela Walker, a registered nurse at the Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon, said that how to react to your child choking depends on how old the child is.

If your child is under two years old, you should place your forefinger and middle finger on the child's face on either side of their mouth, turn the child over and place them face-down on your forearm and apply five back slaps.

Then, turn the child over, supporting them on your forearm, and apply five chest presses. Repeat those steps until the object comes out or the child becomes unresponsive.

Walker said that if the child becomes unresponsive or goes limp, lay them on a solid surface and call 911 immediately.

If your child is over two years old, Walker said you can perform the Heimlich maneuver until the object becomes dislodged.

Additionally, if a child over two years old becomes unresponsive, she said you can do "hands only CPR," which involves putting your hands one over the other on the child's chest and pushing down hard and fast. She said you should continue to do this until help arrives or until exhaustion.

She said that at no point should you stick your fingers in your child's mouth because this can cause whatever object is stuck in their throat to get lodged deeper.

If at any point the child becomes unresponsive, Walker said you should call 911 immediately.

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